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Islamist terrorist groups hold first-ever joint military showdown in Gaza

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Islamist terrorist groups hold first-ever joint military showdown in Gaza

Islamist terrorist groups hold first-ever joint military showdown in Gaza

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A drone of Palestinian militant groups flies during the first-ever joint military maneuver in Gaza City, Dec. 29, 2020. Around 12 militant groups, including al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas movement’s armed wing, held on Tuesday the first-ever joint military maneuver in the Gaza Strip called “The Hard Corner.” Besides Hamas, the armed wings of the militant group of the Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine also joined the maneuver.

Around 12 militant groups, including al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas movement’s armed wing, held on Tuesday the first-ever joint military maneuver in the Gaza Strip called “The Hard Corner.”

Besides Hamas, the armed wings of the militant group of the Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine also joined the maneuver.

A masked militant identified himself as the spokesperson of the joint military chamber that comprises 12 militant groups read a joint statement during a short news briefing before the maneuver began.

“The joint military exercises and maneuvers clearly express the unity among all Palestinian factions,” said the spokesperson. “It boosts the joint action and cooperation among the military wings.”

He also said that the military wings’ decision is unified “in waging any upcoming confrontation that would be imposed on the Palestinian people at any time and place.”

Right after the press conference, long-range rockets were fired into the sea. The exercises would last for several hours, including marine and ground activities.

Small reconnaissance aircraft were also seen hovering over the venue.

Xinhua

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